The Cab Ride I’ll Never Forget

There was a time in my life twenty years ago when I was driving a cab for a living. It was a cowboy’s life, a gambler’s life, a life for someone who wanted no boss, constant movement, and the thrill of a dice roll every time a new passenger got…

The Skin Horse: A Story About Becoming Real

The skin horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath, and most of the hairs in his tail had been pulled out to string bead necklaces. He was wise,…

The Making of a Saint

High Street is a very boring place for kids. While it’s wonderful for adults who love to shop, children can often be seen idling complacently, lagging behind their parents and generally making a nuisance of themselves.  Timothy was no exception. Though it was still only early morning, and he knew…

Behind The Drapes: A Humorous Story About Faith

A husband a wife were at church listening to the preacher talk about faith. “Jesus said: If you have the faith of but a mustard seed, you will move mountains…” After arriving home, the wife said to the husband, “I find all that talk about faith so interesting. Do you…

The Story of the Stream and The Desert

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself. And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.” ~ Sade Andria Zabala In the distance, high at the top of an ancient mountain range, a stream sprang from its hidden source and made its way…

20 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Level of Insanity

Another classic. Unless you’ve been living under a rock somewhere, you’ve most likely read this one before– through email, or possibly even on paper. Often hilarious, sometimes ludicrous, if this list doesn’t at least have you chuckling to yourself, it’s time to file a missing persons report for your inner…

The Apple Seed: A Tale of Power and Honesty

A thief had been condemned to death after he was caught stealing food from the local market. As he awaited his fate, sitting in a dungeon deep beneath the gallows, he sent word with a guard that he had a secret gift he’d like to give the King before he…

The Curmudgeon & The Sycophant: A Story of Two Servants.

There were two new servants who had recently been hired onto the King’s staff. As they went through the training process, they came to know one another. The first, Samuel, was terrified of being fired and was therefore very eager to please. While the existing team of servants responsible for…

20 Jeff Bridges Quotes on Zen, Dreaming and Dude-ness

Well, today (the day of this writing) is Jeff Bridge’s birthday! And we love Jeff Bridges. (Really, who doesn’t?) The iconic actor has not only been one of Hollywood’s most prolific players over the last 40 years, but one of its most sage voices for reason and compassion both within…

The Emperor and The Beggar

In the dusty streets of one of India’s largest cities, a beggar sat daily procuring alms and rice from passersby. In a given day he was usually able to gain enough rice for a meal, and enough coppers to buy the firewood with which to cook it. At night, he…

Sleep Schedules of 27 of History’s Most Creative Minds

Well, it turns out that some of history’s most creative geniuses actually weren’t as eccentric as previously thought. At least when it comes to their sleeping schedules, anyway. The popular idea of the tortured creative genius slaving away all night and basically giving no thought to their sleep hygiene in…

The Salt Doll

By constantly keeping one’s attention on the Source, the ego is dissolved in that Source like a salt doll in the sea. ~ Ramana Maharshi The doll of salt had been walking in the desert for longer than it could remember. It didn’t know from where it had come, nor…

The Difference Between My Psychiatrist and My Shaman

Nowhere is the disconnect between science and spirit felt more intimately than in matters of mental health. We can speak empirically on this by saying things like, “America spends over $113 billion a year on mental health treatment,” or “depression affects over 14.8 million adults,” but, cold data marginalizes actual human experience,…

A Conversation Between Alice and The Queen

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~ Audrey Hepburn “I can’t believe that!” said Alice. “Can’t you?” the queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again, draw a long breath, and shut your eyes.” Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I…